This shot is taken in the Mojave Desert, not far from the state border between California and Nevada.
My wife and I were leaving California and returning to live in London, and were driving across the US, committed to staying off the freeways. All in all, we covered 6400 miles of American roads, and saw more towns than we could count. But these mailboxes, out there in the harsh desert, have stayed with me. Evidence of an unseen community where you might least expect to find one.
The camera was an Olympus OM2N, my first camera and later stolen from my car during a road trip in Portugal. Desert images in black and white have always been a favourite of mine, and I love the way the grain of Ilford HP5 400 evokes the dry, dusty feeling of the environment. As a single image, it takes me back to the memories of that trip every time, maybe better than any other image I shot during the 6 weeks we were on the road.